If your outside spaces are looking rundown and unloved, it will not only make you feel melancholy, but could also upset your neighbours – especially if their gardens and lawns are immaculately kept.
That’s why so many people nowadays are enlisting the services of professional landscapers and making their outside spaces beautiful once more.
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But while the primary goal of any landscaping project is to make your garden look magnificent or transform a wasted space into a usable one, there are also a number of environmental benefits that can be afforded too.
Here are five ways in which landscaping benefits the environment:
It provides a refuge for wildlife
Plants, trees and bushes provide food, living spaces and other needs for a range of wildlife. This means that animals can thrive even in areas that have been developed and are predominantly urban. As a result, biodiversity is maintained or re-established in places that it may have dwindled ordinarily.
It helps filter water
Trees, shrubs and turf trap and filter dust, nutrients and other pollutants from rain water. The plants use the nutrients to their advantage, which stops them becoming algae and polluting water.
It reduces CO2 levels
Studies have shown that just a single tree can remove as much as 26 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere ever year. That’s the equivalent of around 11,000 miles of car emissions! Furthermore, trees produce oxygen and we all know who needs that.
It can help moderate temperatures
Large shade trees cast shadows over your property and can help control temperature extremes. By keeping your house cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, trees can have a direct impact on your electricity bill and energy consumption.
It can help reduce noise
Properly placed trees can act as a natural barrier to sound and help reduce unwanted noise pollution. In addition, the wildlife attracted inevitably makes its own noises, which can mask any other nearby sounds.